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How Fast Can Gassy Veggies Cause Abdominal Bloat

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 16, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Thanks to the delicious variety of cauliflower at the farmer's market -- purple, white, Romanesque -- I've been eating it every morning for breakfast for weeks along with animal protein and sometimes fruit. Lately, my abdomen looks seriously preggers (I'm not) shortly after breakfast and my hubby says no way can the veggies digest fast enough to cause bloating so fast. Here's what I ate this am: 4 eggs soft boiled, approx 1.5 tablespoons coconut oil, 1 cup of steamed cauliflower and a few broccoli florets; 1/4 cup of raw cranberries with a couple of blueberries tossed in. 1 organic coffee, black and several teas -- oolong and green. Within an hour I started to feel bloaty and now it's a few hours later and it's worse. No pain, just distention and an uncomfortable feeling of fullness from pelvic area on up to navel. Can veggies cause bloat this fast?

Bb2adc4df725b56e99e0652c0feb4640

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on March 27, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Melissa The cauliflower was cooked and the broccoli raw, i believe, hence the higher absorbability from cauli.

Bb2adc4df725b56e99e0652c0feb4640

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on March 27, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Melissa The cauliflower was cooked, and the broccoli raw, i believe, hence the higher absorbability from cauli.

Bb2adc4df725b56e99e0652c0feb4640

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on March 27, 2012
at 10:57 PM

Melissa The cauliflower is cooked, whereas the broccoli was raw, i believe, hence the higher absorbability from cauli.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on December 21, 2011
at 05:29 PM

Both bother me, but cauliflower is much worse. I would suspect it has higher levels of Galactans and raffinose, but the only data I can find says broccoli is higher in both.

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on December 17, 2011
at 10:37 PM

@Dragonfly - I believe the biggest factor for me was going pretty strict paleo and lower carb. I don't play with macros much. I make my own bone broth, eat liver, heart, tongue and stay away from all crap food.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 17, 2011
at 10:20 PM

@conciliator, +1 twice for comments that spoke for me (except I don't eat 4 meals.)

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on December 17, 2011
at 10:17 PM

Coffee AND tea? I have Coffee AND Coffee. The only problem with caffeine is that there isn't enough of it.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on December 17, 2011
at 10:17 PM

4 Eggs? That's what... 30g protein max? I eat at least 50g in every meal (and I eat about 4 meals).

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on December 17, 2011
at 03:43 PM

What changed for you, Josh? Was it going Paleo, adding supplements, changing macros...?

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on December 17, 2011
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Though like Nance, it doesn't last. Far less time and far less discomfort. Nothing like what grains would do to me.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 16, 2011
at 06:28 PM

For me, it also happens fast. And I have to warn you that cranberries are fast-acting bloaters for me in addition to the veggies.

The positive note is that my bloats from vegetables and fruit don't last all that long unlike the old 24-hour bloats I had from grains. I don't miss those at all. I felt like a balloon that just needed a string.

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on March 27, 2012
at 09:48 PM

I know this is an old post, but if anyone is paying attention still...

Did you also get gas, or just bloating? I've never felt gassy, just bloated so I'm curious. And if it's only bloating, should those foods be removed from the diet for any reason other than vanity? Meaning, is the bloating a sign of something damaging and I should stop eating that stuff?

Thanks!

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on December 16, 2011
at 11:18 PM

Yes I was bad for that - within 20 minutes I would bloat up - but not anymore.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on December 17, 2011
at 03:43 PM

What changed for you, Josh? Was it going Paleo, adding supplements, changing macros...?

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on December 17, 2011
at 10:37 PM

@Dragonfly - I believe the biggest factor for me was going pretty strict paleo and lower carb. I don't play with macros much. I make my own bone broth, eat liver, heart, tongue and stay away from all crap food.

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on December 16, 2011
at 11:11 PM

Yes, they can. Fermenting inside a near-100 degree bacteria-filled space? Yes. I get it within an hour of eating cauli, broc, etc.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on December 17, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Though like Nance, it doesn't last. Far less time and far less discomfort. Nothing like what grains would do to me.

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on December 16, 2011
at 06:27 PM

For me, it can be minutes. Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are the fastest.

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19d132bf3a2e9f82766515aff9ff125b

on May 21, 2013
at 04:47 PM

Omg this happened to me today . I ate so much cauliflower that after an hour or so my tummy got really bloated and I was getting these uncomfortable stomach aches.

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27361737e33ba2f73ab3c25d2699ad61

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on December 21, 2011
at 05:22 PM

OK -- Bloat Mystery solved -- cauliflower is the culprit. I was away in Brookline for several days and did not have my usual morning cauliflower but did have the eggs, broccoli, berries and no bloat. This morning I'm back home and finished off the leftover cauliflower from before our trip and bang -- bloat central. It's definitely the cauliflower -- no more buying so much of the giant caulis available at the farmer's market -- something in it just creates massive bloat. None of the other cruciferous do this -- kale, broccoli, cabbage etc. Something's different about cauliflower as far as my gut's concerned. Sucks because I love the purple, orange and Romanesque varieties - -may try very small portions cooked more thoroughly and only once or twice a week.

@ Norm: Caffeine has no effect whatsoever on my digestion and I don't have irritable bowel or other digestive issues. This bloating thing was totally new. Hubby who despises cauliflower pointed out that my "cauliflower jag" as he puts it has been going on daily ever since all those different varieties became available at our local farmer's market. The caulis are so big and he refuses to eat it so there's been big heads of it all for me for weeks on end.

I ate 4 eggs because I love them and generally only eat twice a day. Four eggs only have 24 grams of protein -- don't know why that would be considered "double" the amount I "need" especially given that I don't eat frequently. Cranberries are a seasonal treat for me ( I just love them) as are a few berries here and there especially if my weight drops too low.

Back to cauliflower -- anyone out there know what's different about cauliflower versus brocolli??

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on December 21, 2011
at 05:29 PM

Both bother me, but cauliflower is much worse. I would suspect it has higher levels of Galactans and raffinose, but the only data I can find says broccoli is higher in both.

Bb2adc4df725b56e99e0652c0feb4640

(254)

on March 27, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Melissa The cauliflower was cooked and the broccoli raw, i believe, hence the higher absorbability from cauli.

Bb2adc4df725b56e99e0652c0feb4640

(254)

on March 27, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Melissa The cauliflower was cooked, and the broccoli raw, i believe, hence the higher absorbability from cauli.

Bb2adc4df725b56e99e0652c0feb4640

(254)

on March 27, 2012
at 10:57 PM

Melissa The cauliflower is cooked, whereas the broccoli was raw, i believe, hence the higher absorbability from cauli.

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80d54165782f7523110520a25a1ee894

on December 17, 2011
at 10:11 PM

I found your breakfast to be interesting. Coffee AND tea? That's a lot of caffeine and caffeine is a trigger for many digestive issues. 4 Eggs? That's about double the protein you need. Cranberries? Not a good idea if you are trying to control bloating or IBS related issues. Same with Broc and Caul. If I had your A.M. meal I would be in agony!

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on December 17, 2011
at 10:17 PM

Coffee AND tea? I have Coffee AND Coffee. The only problem with caffeine is that there isn't enough of it.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on December 17, 2011
at 10:17 PM

4 Eggs? That's what... 30g protein max? I eat at least 50g in every meal (and I eat about 4 meals).

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 17, 2011
at 10:20 PM

@conciliator, +1 twice for comments that spoke for me (except I don't eat 4 meals.)

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on December 17, 2011
at 01:05 AM

Yep. Google FODMAPS.

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